Senators' Chris Neil owes creditors over $2 million


chrisneil.jpgSometimes being a well-paid professional athlete can have it’s own sorts of crazy problems. For instance, sometimes you can start a business with your brothers and end up owing a ton of money to creditors because you started said business before you struck it big in the NHL. If that story sounds familiar to you, you might just be Ottawa Senators enforcer Chris Neil. Chip Martin from Slam! Sports in Canada fills us in on the details.

A judge will consider final details in a proposal that would see the bankrupt NHLer’s 45 creditors receive about 20 cents on the dollar.

A report from his trustee shows Neil owes his creditors $2.4 million. He has available assets of $544,451 after his trustee receives its cut of $104,671.

So just how does a guy that makes $2 million a year have only a little over a half-million in assets? Easy, he just started making that much money this past season. Before that he was making just a shade over a cool million. All right, so he’s not exactly crying poor because of that, but just how did this come to be? Sarah Varrati at Brock Aggregates, Neil’s main creditor, explained what happened with Neil’s business.

The business, which specializes in excavation work, stopped paying its bills in 2006, she recalled, which prompted Brock to consider its options to recoup its money.

At the very least Chris Neil was saved from being publicly humiliated by Brock Aggregates as they had plans to pay a visit to a Leafs-Senators game in Toronto and come bearing signage for Neil asking him to start paying his bills to them, amounting just over $46,000. For that amount of money, the creditors may have actually been able to get seats by the glass at Air Canada Centre.


Dropping like flies: Johnson, Killorn hurt in Bolts’ exhibition

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You probably know the drill: injury updates are murky in the NHL basically from the moment a puck drops.

We’ll learn more once the 2015-16 season begins, but at the moment, Saturday might have served as a costly night for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Both Tyler Johnson and Alex Killorn went down with injuries stemming from a 3-2 pre-season win against the Florida Panthers.

“Guys were dropping like flies,” Steven Stamkos told the Tamba Bay Times.

These could be minor situations – just about any ailment will sideline a key asset this time of year – yet one cannot help but wonder if the Lightning might limp into this campaign.

Nikita Kucherov is dealing with his own issues, so that means at least minor issues for one half of the Bolts’ top six forwards.

It’s believed that more will be known about these banged-up Bolts sometime on Sunday.

Raffi Torres gets match penalty for being Raffi Torres

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With knee issues still limiting him, Raffi Torres isn’t as mobile as he once was. Apparently he still moves well enough to leave the usual path of destruction.

It’s the pre-season, so it’s unclear if we’ll get a good look at the check, but Torres received a match penalty for his hit on Anaheim Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg.

Most accounts were pretty critical of the San Jose Sharks’ chief troublemaker:

It’s too early to tell if Silfverberg is injured. If he is, that’s a significant loss for the Ducks, as he really showed signs of fulfilling his promise (especially during the 2015 playoffs).

As far as Torres goes, he’s hoping to play in the Sharks’ season-opener. Wherever he ends up, he’ll certainly make plenty of enemies on the ice.

Whether it was because of that hit or just the general distaste shared by those sides, it sounds like tonight’s Sharks – Ducks exhibition is getting ugly, in general:

This post will be updated if video of the hit becomes available, and also if we get a better idea of Silfverberg’s condition.

Update: All that’s been announced about Silfverberg is that he’s under evaluation and will not return.